Two friends

October 14

“Just as two friends, frequently in each other’s company, tend to develop similar habits, so too, by holding familiar converse with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin, by meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary and by living the same life in Holy Communion, we can become, to the extent of our lowliness,
similar to them…”

-Blessed Bartolo Longo

 

For Reflection:

What evidence have I seen in my own life that friends take on each other’s habits and characteristics? If I learn to enter deeply into the mysteries of the Rosary, then, I too, can become similar to Mary and Jesus. How does this enhance my desire to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary? (See tomorrow’s Grace Line for an insight on Christian meditation).

 

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Focus our eyes

October 13

“In a word, by focusing our eyes on Christ, the Rosary also makes us peacemakers in the world. By its nature as an insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ’s invitation to ‘pray ceaselessly’ (Lk. 18:1), the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult ‘battle’ for peace can be won.”

-St. John Paul II

 

For Reflection:

Do I truly believe that my prayer of the Rosary can be used by God to bring peace to the world? Why or why not? Am I willing to give it a try, in conjunction with so many others, so that this culture might be reclaimed for Jesus Christ? I will pray for generosity of heart.

 

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Our peace

October 12
“To rediscover the Rosary means to immerse oneself in contemplation of the mystery of Christ who ‘is our peace.’”
-St. John Paul II
For Reflection:
In numerous apparitions, Mary has encouraged the Catholic faithful to pray the Rosary for peace in the world. How can I cooperate with her message by contemplating the mystery of Christ so that I might have inner peace? What effect could this have in my family, workplace, parish, and world at large?

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Kingdom of God

October 11

“For myself, I know of no better way of establishing the kingdom of God, Eternal Wisdom, than to unite vocal and mental prayer by saying the holy Rosary and meditating on
its fifteen mysteries.”

-St. Louis De Montfort

 

For Reflection:

Why is the Rosary such a useful prayer in establishing the kingdom of God within the soul? How have I seen this to be so in my own life? What can I do to make progress in my daily meditation of the mysteries?

 

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Think about it

October 10

“The reason why we get tired of saying the Rosary so much, is because we
think about it so little.”

-Father Ronald Knox

 

For Reflection:

To what extent do I think about the prayer of the Rosary throughout the day? How does this help me enter into it more deeply?

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Drama of love

October 9

“The Rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.
The power of the Rosary is beyond description. ”

-Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

 

For Reflection:

Given the categories of individuals Archbishop Sheen describes in this quote, what attributes or virtues describe them as they pray the Rosary. Into which category do I fit most readily? To what extent have I emulated all of them?

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In most need of thy mercy

October 8
“When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.”
-Our Lady of Fatima
For Reflection:
Who do I know that is in need of God’s mercy today? I will pray this prayer for him/her at the close of each mystery in my Rosary this day.

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Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

“Say the Rosary every day…Pray, pray a lot and offer sacrifices for sinners…I’m Our Lady of the Rosary. Only I will be able to help you…. In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

-Our Lady of Fatima

 

For Reflection:

To what extent am I personally heeding Our Blessed Mother’s plea? In what one way can I be more diligent?

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Spiritual altitude

October 6

“Airplanes must have runways before they can fly. What the runway is to the airplane, the Rosary beads are to prayer – the physical start to
gain spiritual altitude.”

-Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

 

For Reflection:

To what extent has the Rosary been a runway to spiritual altitude for me in my life? How has it led me into a deeper understanding of God’s
presence in my life?

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Understand and live the rosary

October 5

“After Holy Mass [the Rosary] is one of the most beautiful and efficacious forms of prayer, on condition of understanding it and living it.”

-Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

 

 

For Reflection:

What do I think it means to understand and to live the Rosary? To what extent do I do this in my everyday life? Is there a strategy I can employ to help me
do so more faithfully?

 

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